My bright, young feminist

by Jennifer on February 6, 2008

voted-4.jpgLast night, the Girl noticed my I Voted Today sticker and asked what it meant. I gave her a basic explanation about the purpose of yesterday’s vote and the part it plays in electing a president for our country.

“Who did you vote for?” she asked.

I told her I drew straws and voted for Hillary Clinton, and went on to explain that if she is elected president, she will be the first woman president our country has ever had.

“The first one evah?” (She sometimes sounds like she’s from New Jersey or maybe Boston. This distresses Mr. H, because he is from neither of those places. I believe I’ve finally put his suspicions to rest. I’m pretty sure, anyway.)

This idea seemed baffling to the Girl, but then again, we’ve always thought she had some pretty big cojones, even though she’s very much a girly-girl. She’s no shrinking violet, this one.

“Yep, but other countries have had women presidents before. Remember how I told you that women can do any job that men can do?”

“Yes,” she answered, and nodded with enthusiasm . It was a proud moment, and I could see that she was really getting what I was saying.

Her next comment was further proof of this.

“Yeah, Mommy, they can even be skateboarders!”

Yes, my girl, yes they can.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Alicia February 6, 2008 at 6:08 am

Hi! I just discovered you on LEW. I live for comments, too, so I thought I would drop you one before I go off to bed. I’ll check out your blog more tomorrow, promise! Cute story! : )

liv February 6, 2008 at 7:57 am

skateboarders, indeed! among all sorts of other magical things.

Emily February 6, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Once there are woman skateboarders, there will be no stopping us.

suburbancorrespondent February 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm

That’s right, aim high!

Brenda February 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

And when they get older, they’ll know that there are not 83 minutes in an hour! (I’m so glad her logic skills surpass what she has learned in school!)

Ducky February 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I remember getting the autograph of a woman skateboarder when I was a child.

Autumn February 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I found you from LEW as well. I’m semi new to the blogosphere myself and I LOVE reading new blogs and making new friends this way!

I had a similar conversation with my 7 year old daughter. She, like yours, has cajones, LOL. Bigger than mine ever were! She’s absorbing a lot from my almost constant vigil about the race this year, and even though I don’t think she quite gets the history making of it all, she has some pretty definite ideas on the fact that this is the first year we could see such change. “We are just as smart as men, and so are black people.” This was said in utter disgust at the way the country’s always been. I, for one, would vote for her if I could! LOL

Kellan February 6, 2008 at 8:03 pm

How cute is she!?!! She is right – Presidents and skateboarders! Cute conversation – have a great afternoon. Kellan

ByJane February 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Right on, sister!

JCK February 6, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Good for you!

I connected with my girly girl on the vote yesterday, too. It is exciting to be able to say that we can vote for a woman for President. The U.S. is a BIT behind on that one.

And I laughed aloud over the Boston/NJ accent thing. My little girl sometimes sounds that way, too. My husband hasn’t suspected yet…

flutter February 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

Of course they can!

Marlee February 7, 2008 at 3:00 am

Haha! I’ve been trying to explain to my SON that girls can do any job men can do. How cool would it be if by the time my daughter is old enough to know what a President IS, there is ALREADY a woman in the position! 🙂

Tootsie Farklepants February 7, 2008 at 5:54 am

Damn skippy!

Jen February 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

great job of including her in politics. love it!

i was telling my seven year old son the other day something similar about how he could be ANYTHING he wanted to be when he grows up if he applies himself, etc. you can be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, an architect, and on and on. he said, “nah, i just think i’ll be a football player. they do really good in school too, right?” um, sure they do.

gotta love kids!

Goteeman February 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

I love to see young ladies (and young men) growing up without limitations. It’s so cool to instill in them the confidence that they can succeed at whatever they decide to tackle. Stumbled onto your site from byflutter.

J/ (Goteeman)

Slow Panic February 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

now you just have to convince the boy…..

HRH February 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm

the sky is the limit! too cute.

Jenny, Bloggess February 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Ha! Woman skateboarders are a step forward for all of (wo)mankind.

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